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PLAYER WELFARE

Support for our players
on and off the field

Warringah Rugby Club is above all, a family.

We understand that mental health is just as important as physical health, and we are committed to ensuring that our players are mentally as well as physically safe.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from a mental illness and in need of support, there are a number of free community resources available to help you identify the signs, understand what it means, and get the help you need.

When life is difficult and unpleasant, some people may experience suicidal thoughts. If you believe that your life isn't worth living any more, it's critical that you get help right away. With assistance, you can conquer these ideas and maintain your safety.

The club has dedicated welfare support volunteers who are trained, and will be there for our players.

You are not alone.

There are always people who will listen to your pain and problems and help you stay safe, and it will be in the strictest confidence.

 

Here are some links to organisations that provide support services to people suffering from mental health issues, or to family members looking for assistance to help a loved one.

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Phil Jackson

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CLUB WELFARE OFFICER & SPORTS CHAPLAIN

Alongside his wife Viv, Phil Jackson have been instrumental individuals at Warringah for many years. Phil has done vital work for the inclusiveness and wellbeing of our playing group, past and present.

Following the tragic death of Lachie Ward, the club realised there was a great need to support our players, coaches, managers and supporters through this very difficult time. Phil stepped up and embraced that role. This year alone he has held mental health workshops for our top squad and a large group of colts and U18 teams. Phil works with Head Above Water and Gotcha for Life, two local mental health charities that often attend our home games and are a important asset to our club.

Phil attends every game and is regularly on hand at training enquiring how each of our playing group are. He has an excellent rapport with the players, wider club community and is always available to speak to anyone in need of assistance. Phil is an important member of Warringah Rugby Club and a key reason our club has such a wonderful community spirit.

Excerpt from the Charter Hall Community Spirit Award 2022 Nominations

Support Lines

CLUB WELFARE OFFICER

Phil Jackson

CRISIS SUPPORT

If you or someone you know needs immediate help call:

Emergency 000

OTHER SUPPORT LINES

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